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January 2, 1967|
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, model, singer, voice actress|
|Labels||Daniel Ho Creations|
|Associated acts||Daniel Ho|
Althea Rae Janairo (born January 2, 1967), known professionally as Tia Carrere, is an American actress, model, voice actress, and singer who obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital.
She played Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, Juno Skinner in True Lies, Nani Pelekai in Lilo & Stitch, its sequel films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Queen Tyr'ahnee in Duck Dodgers, Richard Lewis' girlfriend, Cha Cha, in Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Sydney Fox in the television series Relic Hunter.
Carrere was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the daughter of Audrey Duhinio Janairo, a computer supervisor, and Alexander Janairo, a banker. According to Carrere, she is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish ancestry.
Carrere attended Sacred Hearts Academy, an all-girls school. She longed to be a singer as a child.Although she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 Star Search appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the movie Aloha Summer, which he produced and had a cameo.
Film and television career
Following this success, Carrere returned to Los Angeles, and after working several months as a model, landed her first role in the American television series Airwolf in early 1985. Her first major breakthrough was in the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She played the role of Jade Soong Chung from 1985 to 1987. She also had a guest appearance on Tour of Duty and The A-Team, which was supposed to lead to her joining the cast; her General Hospital obligations, however, prevented her from joining the team. Her character was dropped after one episode, and was never mentioned again. She also made guest appearances on the shows MacGyver ("The Wish Child") as a karate instructor, and a different assassin character in a later episode ("Murderer's Sky"), on Anything But Love as the adopted daughter of Marty Gold (Richard Lewis), and Married... with Children as Piper Bauman, a rival of Kelly Bundy, who attempted to steal a modeling job from her.
After appearing in the 1991 action films Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and Showdown in Little Tokyo, she emerged into the public spotlight when cast as Cassandra, a rock singer and love interest of Mike Myers's character, Wayne Campbell, in Wayne's World (1992), a role she reprised the next year in Wayne's World 2. A trained singer, Carrere performed all of her own songs in the first film, and the Wayne's World soundtrack features her vocals. She turned down a role in Baywatch to audition for Wayne's World. In 1992, People named her to its annual "50 most beautiful people" list.
Other roles in prominent films include the parts of smuggler Juno Skinner in True Lies, a 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film; a mixed African-Japanese computer expert in Rising Sun, a thriller written for the screen by Michael Crichton, starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes; robber Gina Walker in The Immortals in 1995; and secretary Victoria Chappell in High School High, a 1996 parody. She also starred as Ari, a space marine turned pirate, in the 1995 adventure/puzzle game The Daedalus Encounter. She also starred as the evil witch/queen in the 1997 Universal Films picture Kull the Conqueror, co-starring versus Kevin Sorbo, and starred in late '90s M&M's commercials as herself.
From 1999 to 2002, Carrere starred as archeology professor Sydney Fox in Relic Hunter, a syndicated action-adventure series strongly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider films and video games. At this time, Carrere was featured in the men's magazine Maxim Magazine. Relic Hunter lasted for a total of three contracted television seasons. Carrere then provided the voice of Lilo's sister Nani in the animated film Lilo & Stitch (2002) and its spinoffs, as well as the voice of Queen Tyr'ahnee from the 2003 Duck Dodgers animated series. She also provided the voice of Snookie in the 2005 animated film Aloha, Scooby-Doo!
She participated as a contestant on the popular reality show Dancing with the Stars, and eventually placed sixth overall. Carrere later participated in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, but her "apprenticeship" to Donald John Trump Sr., the "boss" of the show, was terminated in that season's fifth week.
Carrere posed nude for the January 2003 issue of Playboy. The photos were republished in the German December 2006 issue of the magazine. Recently, she has appeared as a guest star on a number of television shows, including Back to You, Nip/Tuck, and Warehouse 13. She has also appeared in several episodes of season six of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Richard Lewis' girlfriend.
Carrere has continued to nurture her singing career. In 1993, her first solo album, Dream, produced by Matt Prinz, was released, and went platinum in the Philippines. That same year, she was featured on the soundtrack of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, performing the ending theme, "I Never Even Told You". Her second album, Hawaiiana, was released in June 2007 and takes Carrere back to her Hawaiian roots with four-time Grammy Award-winning record producer Daniel Ho accompanying her on classic solo slack-key guitar and ukulele. The album was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award under the category Best Hawaiian Music Album.
In 2011, she won another Grammy Award (Best Hawaiian Music Album) for her album Huana Ke Aloha.
On November 30, 2002, she married photojournalist Simon Wakelin. They have a daughter. On April 2, 2010, Carrere filed for divorce in person at Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to court documents she cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce and asked for sole physical custody of their daughter. Their divorce was finalized in August 2010, with the two of them reportedly sharing custody of their daughter. She lives in Los Angeles.
- Zombie Nightmare (1986) – Amy
- Aloha Summer (1988) – Lani Kepoo
- Fine Gold (1989)
- The Road Raiders (1989) – Cyanne
- Fatal Mission (1990)
- Instant Karma (1990)
- Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) – Kimiko
- Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) – Minako Okeya
- Little Sister (1992)
- Intimate Stranger (1992)
- Wayne's World (1992) – Cassandra Wong
- Rising Sun (1993) – Jingo Asakuma
- Quick (1993) – Janet Sakamoto
- Wayne's World 2 (1993) – Cassandra Wong
- Hostile Intentions (1994) – Nora
- Treacherous (1994)
- True Lies (1994) – Juno Skinner
- My Teacher's Wife (1995) – Vicky Mueller
- The Immortals (1995)
- Jury Duty (1995) – Monica Lewis
- Hollow Point (1996) – Diane Norwood
- High School High (1996) – Victoria Chapell
- Top of the World (1997) – Rebecca Mercer
- Kull the Conqueror (1997) – Akivasha
- 20 Dates (1998) – Herself
- Dogboys (1998) – D.A. Jennifer Dern
- Scar City (1998) – Candy
- Merlin: The Return (1999) – Dr. Joan Maxwell
- Meet Prince Charming (1999) – Samantha Feld
- Five Aces (1999) – Karen Haggerty
- The Night of the Headless Horseman (1999) – Katrina Van Tassel (voice)
- Seasons of Giving (1999) - Various (voice)
- Lilo & Stitch (2002) – Nani Pelekai (voice)
- Stitch! The Movie (2003) – Nani Pelekai (voice)
- Torn Apart (2004) – Vicki Westin
- Back in the Day (2005) – Loot
- Aloha, Scooby-Doo! (2005) – Snookie, Local Woman #1 (voice)
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005) – Nani Pelekai (voice)
- Supernova—The Day the World Catches Fire (2005) – Lisa Delgado
- Leroy & Stitch (2006) – Nani Pelekai (voice)
- Dark Honeymoon (2008) – Miranda
- Wild Cherry (2009) – Ms. Haumea
- Hard Breakers (2009) – Jodie
- You May Not Kiss the Bride (2010) – Lani
- Collision Course (2013) – Kate Parks
- Asteroid vs. Earth (2014) – Marissa Knox
- Gutshot Straight (2014) – Leanne
- Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson (2014) - Kelly
- Showdown in Manila (2016) - Mrs. Wells
- Palm Swings (2017) – Ms. Cherry Bomb
- Cover Up (1985) – Philippines Contestant
- Airwolf (1985) – Kiki Tinabi
- General Hospital (1985–1987) – Jade Soong Chung, R.N.
- The A-Team (1986) – Tia
- Tour of Duty (1987)
- Noble House (1988) – Venus Poon
- MacGyver (1986, 1988) – Lisa Chan, Tiu
- Anything But Love (1989) – Cey
- Friday the 13th: The Series (1990) – Michiko Tanaka
- Quantum Leap (1990) – Chu-Hoi
- Married... with Children (1990) – Piper Bauman
- Tales from the Crypt (1992) – Scarlett
- Natural Enemy (TV Movie) (1997) Christina D'Amelio
- Relic Hunter (1999–2002) – Sydney Fox
- Duck Dodgers (2003–2005) – Queen Tyr'ahnee, Flight Attendant, Cheerleader, Cosmetics Manager, Lieutenant O'Hara (voice)
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003–2006) Nani Pelekai (voice)
- Megas XLR (2004) – Darklos (voice)
- Johnny Bravo (2005) – Beautiful Woman, Female Elephant, Woman (voice)
- American Dragon: Jake Long (2005) – Yan Yan (voice)
- Dancing with the Stars season 2
- The O.C. (2006) – Dean Torres
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (2007) – Cha Cha
- Nip/Tuck (2007) – Mistress Dark Pain
- Back to You (2007) – Maggie
- CSI: Miami (2009) – Jacqueline Parsons
- Warehouse 13 (2010) – Agent Kate Logan
- Combat Hospital (2011) – Jessica Draycott
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2011–2013) – Judy Reeves, Old Daphne, Waitress, Sullen Female Farmer, Amy (voice)
- The Celebrity Apprentice (2012) – Herself
- In Plain Sight (2012) – Lia Hernandez
- Taken for Ransom (2013) – Michelle Gaines
- The Birthday Boys (2013) – Herself
- Family Guy (2016) – Hawaiian woman
- Blue Bloods (2017) - Chao Lin
- The Daedalus Encounter (1995) – Ari Matheson
- Saints Row (2006) – Lin (voice)
- Saints Row IV (2013) – Lin (voice)
Film and TV awards and nominations
|1992||MTV Movie Awards||Most Desirable Female||Wayne's World||Nominated|
|1994||ShoWest Award||Female Star of Tomorrow||Wayne’s World||Won|
|1995||MTV Movie Awards||Best Dance Sequence||True Lies||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress||True Lies||Nominated|
|2001||ALMA Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series||Relic Hunter||Nominated|
- Dream (1993)
- Hawaiiana (2007)
- 'Ikena (with Daniel Ho, 2008)
- He Nani (with Daniel Ho, 2009)
- Huana Ke Aloha (2010)
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